You’ve finally decided that enough is enough.
Your kids are tired of hearing you complain about not being able to hear them when they call you. Your spouse wants you to enjoy spending time at social gatherings, but you never want to join because it’s hard to hear the conversation. You want to live the life you always thought you would be living, until hearing loss stood in the way.
But, what are you supposed to do about it? There’s a hearing aid dispenser close to your house. That seems like a straightforward approach. You know about your local audiologist, but what’s the difference? A hearing aid is a hearing aid, right?
An audiologist is your best place to start when it comes to your hearing loss, and we’re not just saying that because that’s who we are. If you want the best for your hearing, you should see a certified Doctor of Audiology.
Let’s answer your questions:
1. What is an audiologist?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an audiologist as someone who treats individuals with impaired hearing. What’s so important about your hearing and why do doctors specialize in this field?
Our hearing serves many different purposes. It allows us to communicate with other people, giving us opportunities to create friendships and relationships. It serves as a way to protect us; if we hear a fire alarm going off, we know that there’s a fire somewhere close. Our hearing helps us learn, grow, enjoy, and experience life.
Without our hearing, we struggle in more areas than one. We withdraw from people. We can’t enjoy comforting music or be alerted by an alarm. We struggle to learn and experience the life we have.
An audiologist specializes in treating your hearing loss. Not only can they fit you with hearing aids, they know all about the ear and the three small bones within it. (They’re the smallest in the human body!) Not only can they treat you, they can treat infants, kids, and the elderly.
2. What does an audiologist do?
Because an audiologist has received a license to practice clinical audiology, they can conduct evaluations and tests to treat hearing loss.
A hearing evaluation will test the health of your eardrum, the bones in the ear, how well your brain processes information, and speech discrimination. This type of evaluation can only be performed by an audiologist.
A hearing screening, on the other hand, simply tests how well you’re hearing without figuring out the cause of your hearing loss. It’s a great way to begin treatment, but it doesn’t give definitive answers or show the best course of treatment.
An audiologist can also fit you with individualized hearing aids, making sure you are able to hear comfortably and clearly.
3. Why does audiology matter?
These days, seeing someone with a set of hearing devices is normal. We’ve come a long way since the 1940s, when audiology finally became a professional field. Decades ago we were limited to hearing aids that were ridiculous in size and didn’t work very well. Now, we have hearing aids that can be virtually invisible.
Audiology has always been about how well you can hear and how it affects your communication with others. Now, audiology includes everything that has to do with the ears and even your brain. Recent studies have shown the links between hearing loss and brain health.
It’s amazing just how intricately the human body works.
Audiology matters. Practicing audiology matters. Your hearing health matters because it’s connected to every part of your well-being.
Our audiologists at Associates in Hearing don’t just want to get you a set of hearing aids and send you out the door. We care about you and how well you live your life.
Seeing an audiologist will dissolve your worries about your hearing loss. We can perform the tests needed to get to the bottom of your hearing loss and create a treatment plan that’s suited just for you. We can fit you with hearing aids that fit your needs, not to fit our quota.
See an audiologist today. Better yet? Give us a call. We’d love to serve you and show you just how much we care.